Thuringian growth core for innovative optical fibers
18 companies and 3 research institutions form the regional growth core »Tailored Optical Fibers (TOF)« and receive financial support from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research for the next three years.
The alliance will now focus on content: SMEs and larger companies will cooperate with research institutions in order to develop a joint technology platform for tailored fibers in new photonic applications. The involved enterprises intend to market the new fibers worldwide subsequent to the project. Potential fields of application are: sophisticated fiber optic metrology in industry and medicine, novel light sources for laser and material processing, or light emitting textiles.
Besides innovative high-tech products, such as high temperature fibers for resource exploration, fiber sensors for keyhole surgery, or smart surfaces for vehicle interiors, the cooperation will develop an efficient network, which will prospectively deliver tailored solutions for individual customer requirements in other market segments. In the long run, this approach will help to increase the companies’ turnover and create new jobs in the region.
31.01. - 02.02.2017
Laserdiode Socketdriver (LSD) at Photonics West
This year at Photonics West Fibotec presents one of the Laser Diode Drivers with socket in an improved version. The socket takes laser devices in butterfly-package. This is a simple solution to operate these devices in a lab. The standard version of the Laserdevice Socketdriver (LSDP) is done for diodes with „pum laser pinout“ and an operating current up to 2 A. The operational parameters of the laser diode or SLD, being plugged by the customer, are set manually, or through a remote interface (USB). The new version has a touch display improving the easiness to use. This display makes it possible to set laser and TEC parameters and read it out during operation. The Laserdevice Socketdriver has been designed in detail for institutes, R&D departments and small test jobs in QA departments, that all work with laser components that should not be soldered permanently.
31.01. - 02.02.2017
Meet us at Photonics West, San Francisco, Jan 31st – Feb 2nd 2017, booth #4373, North Hall
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Management Buy Out at Fibotec Fiberoptics
During a Management Buy Out at Fibotec Fiberoptics closing end of 2016 core workforce took over the 80%-share of 4industries AG, a 87.8% entity of mic AG. Ronny Wozniza, Managing Director at Fibotec since July 2016, and the 3 very first employees and founders, Dr. Stephan Schiemann, Mario Werner and Dr. Gerald Werner, now are the present shareholders. Ronny Wozniza, for many years Senior Director Production at network systems provider ADVA Optical Networking in Meiningen, and Managing Director at SmartM GmbH in Meiningen, and Dr. Gerald Werner, for many years Managing Director at Fibotec Fiberoptics, own a share with vetoing minority.
Fibotec Fiberoptics GmbH, well known as a specialty-supplier of fiber optic assembly units for test, measurement and sensing, didn´t belong anymore to the core portfolio selection of 4industries, that is concentrating on Industry 4.0 under a Buy and Build Strategy.
The MBO goes along with Fibotec´s focus on a stable, sustained growth of 10-25% p.a.. Embedding both, the brand SmartM and customers of SmartM GmbH (under liquidation proceedings), this is pursued by extending production from small to medium quantity. In addition the shareholders are open for strategic investors who have plans to integrate Fibotec into their own business activities, and so support and enable the management´s growth plans.